Well, ok. It's not for my personal use...
At the Colorado Cafe
, we've got a (shudder) year-and-a-half-old Dell Dimension for DJ/Presentation duties.
P4 2.0GHz/400MHz FSB
512MB DDR2700 DC-SDRAM
80Gb 7,200 WD Drive
Toshiba 4x DVD+R/RW
16x Toshiba DVD-ROM
128Mb GeForce Ti4600
SB Live! (Not 5.1. PC-DJ "splits" the channels for dual-deck MP3 Playback)
While playing our internal advertising on the big screens (which are 80-200Mb Powerpoint files), the machine skips during music playback. Not good for a large dance club! The manager asks if we can build a mid-line machine for just PowerPoint, then realizes that we've sent the Dell in for service 4 times already, plus I've fixed it twice. With that, he told me to buy an uber-audio system at CompUSA. After explaining that we'd have to modify any of the HP/Sony/Gateway towers, and still wouldn't have all what we needed, he bought this from Newegg:
Case: Enermax CS-5688A
Power Supply: Antec NeoPower 480w
Motherboard: Asus A8N-E
Processor: AMD Athlon64 3800+
Memory: (2) Corsair ValueSelect 1Gb DDR-3200
Program Drive: Seagate Barracuda 80Gb SATA-NCQ
Data Drive: Seagate Barracuda 400Gb SATA-NCQ
Video Card: XFX GeForce 6600 256Mb PCI-Ex16
Removable: Mitsumi Floppy/7-1 Reader
Back-Up: Seagate 400Gb USB2/1394 Drive
DVD Writer: Sony DW-D22A-B2
CD Writer: Plextor Premium 52x
OS: Windows XP Professional SP2
That, plus a 2-Port Belkin OmniView KVM Switch, Cables and 3 80mm Sunon Quiet fans completed the order.
We also ordered Creative's E-MU 1212M
Audio Board from CompUSA.
After Taxes, S&H, and Insurance, it was $2,250. Not too bad, considering they spent $3,700 on the Dell with it's 17" LCD.
It all arrived this morning. Tomorrow night, I'll use our Maxtor One Touch to D&D all of the data, then transfer to the new machine in my home.
Big Happy Grin